The actress explains how feeding problems got her down

She might play a heartless mum on screen, packing her daughter, Holly, off to boarding school, but Stephanie Waring couldn’t be further from Cindy Longford, the character she has played in Hollyoaks for more than 15 years.

A devoted mum to 11-month-old Lexi and Mia, 5, Stephanie credits her daughters with teaching her about responsibility and giving her self-confidence.

But the actress had to battle postnatal depression after Lexi‘s birth.

‘Mia was a nightmare to get milk into – I was hoping and praying that Lexi would be easier to feed,’ Stephanie, 33, explains.

‘Worrying about whether she was getting enough ounces in her every day made me feel out of control.

‘I stopped breastfeeding and started bottle-feeding.

‘Lexi just wasn’t drinking very much and it was making me more anxious and panicky that I should have been.

‘I really wasn’t myself and it was more than just baby blues, so I went to the doctor.

‘He advised me to get out of the house once a day, and to go to the gym.’

Stephanie would advise any new mums feeling overwhelmed in the same way to share the burden.

‘Talk
to your family and if you don’t really have any family close by, talk
to a friend,’ she says, ‘anybody who could help you and give you that bit of “you”
time so you feel like it’s not just all about the baby.

‘Also, go and see a doctor straight away.’

Read the full interview with Stephanie Waring in Now Mum & Baby magazine dated September/October 2011 – out now!

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